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Mac full but no luck deleting all files says is filling it up

derekmanderson

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"About this Mac" says I have 43GB in Movies. I have deleted all movie files from my Mac, and all files of relevance over 10MB. Still says 43gig which is enormous. User error? I go through finder by type and I have no movie files remaining on my entire Mac.

Any insight appreciated!!
 

DeltaMac

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Did you empty the trash? :D
The "Storage" chart in About this Mac is notoriously inaccurate.

After you empty the trash, then restart, how much space does your hard drive have left?

Have you tried some of the OTHER steps in some of the threads that may be titled "How to find out what is taking space on my hard drive" or something similar to that. There's dozens of those threads, and most have some helpful tips to get your space back.
 
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Weaselboy

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"About this Mac" says I have 43GB in Movies. I have deleted all movie files from my Mac, and all files of relevance over 10MB. Still says 43gig which is enormous. User error? I go through finder by type and I have no movie files remaining on my entire Mac.

Any insight appreciated!!

Run the command below in Terminal to reindex Spotlight and it will help with that bad storage readout. But like DM said, that thing is usually messed up and will drift off again.

Code:
sudo mdutil -E /
 
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xraydoc

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Try the app Daisy Disk from the App Store. It'll display how much space each folder/file is using. Very handy for finding where "missing" space has gone.
 
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